Elizabeth Kuivinen holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree (with emphasis in post-secondary music education for the 21st century) and a Master of Arts in Music Composition, both from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Prior to Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Liz spent twenty-one years at McNally-Smith College of Music in St. Paul, teaching music theory, ear training, keyboard classes, arranging, desktop publishing and directing the Latin Jazz Ensemble. She authored an integrated curriculum text for theory and contemporary class piano, “The Organic Musician.” Still an active performer in the Twin Cities, Liz regularly plays with The Riverside Hitmen and has worked a variety of freelance engagements. Liz began her career as a professional musician in New York City where she performed with artists Patti LaBelle, Loretta Devine (star of the hit Broadway musical Dream Girls), John Sex, Pete Morgan’s Big Band and others. While in New York, Liz also worked in theater and scored an award-winning film short (Czechs and Balances).